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COMMUNITY 
MEDIA REVIEW 

AUTUMN 2000 
VOLUME 23, NUMBER 3 

CMR EDITORIAL BOARD 

Dirk Koning, Chair 
Pat Garlinghouse, Information Services Chair 
Betty Francis, Jeffrey Han sell, Lucille Frasca 
Harrigan, John Higgins, Jennifer A, Krebs 

EDITOR-IN-CHIEF THIS ISSUE 

Matthew Bennett 

MANAGING EDITOR 

Tim Goodwin 

NATIONAL OFFICE 

Bunnie Riedel, Executive Director 
Matthew Bennett, Government 
Relations/Communications 
Felicia Brown, Membership/Operations 

ALLIANCE FOR COMMUNITY MEDIA 
BOARD OF DIRECTORS 

Rob Brading, Laurie Cirivello, 
Frank Clark, John Donovan, Steve Foitriede, 

Pat Garlinghouse, Hairy Haasch, 
David Hawksworth, Ric Hayes, Jim Horwood, 
Eitan Kushnei, Miki Lee, Serena Mann, 

Erik MoJlberg, Kevin Reynolds, 
John Rocco, Debra Rogers, Ken Snider, 
Karen Toering, GregVawter 

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IN THIS ISSUE 

OPENERS 

True Peace Is the Presence of Justice, Bunnie Riedel 5 
Alliance National Board listing 6 
Free Speech Wasted on the Press, Rob Brading 7 

ABOUT THIS ISSUE 

Fulfilling the Mandate, Matthew Bennett 9 

Felix Leo Campos, Hye-Jung Park 10 

Cambodian Access TV, Curtis Henderson, Jr. 11 

Tedros Afeworki, Harry Evans III 12 

Sol Hamilton III, Kojo Nnmadi 13 

Cornelia Washington, Wen Cheng 14 

Patrick Hughes, Michael Bynum 15 

U.S. Rep, Danny K. Davis, Azaka Ajanaku 16 

Vue Thao, Luis Hernandez 17 

Marcia Barahona, Denise August-Harrison 18 

Nieves Sampayo, Helder Rodriquez 19 

Sue & Ben Charles, Lurline McGregor 20 

Audrey Avila 21 

Tucson 2000 A Warm Memory 23 

Alliance Honors Leaders at Conference 24 

Workshops Define the Conference 25 

Access 101 : From Management to the First Amendment 26 

"What If?" Koning Asks Conferees 27 

Caught in the Act: Snapshots from Tucson 2000 28 

Ai' the journal of the Alliance for Community Media, Community Media Review shall support 
the Alliance mission by providing: a comprehensive overview of past, present and fu tare issues 
critical to the Alliance and its membership; vigorous and though tful debate on those issues; 
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True Peace Is the Presence of Justice 



There are great rewards to be found 
when we seek to be inclusive. Talent, 
energy and new ideas result when we 
widen our circles of leadership, col- 
leagues and acquaintances. Certainly 
the media we create becomes more 
relevant to our communities. 




by Bunnie Riecfel 

Executive Director, 

Alliance for Community Media 

One of my favorite Martin Luther 
King Tr. quotes is "True peace Ls not the 
absence of tension, it is the presence of 
justice." I remember that quote every 
time I am in a situation where I find 
myself having to advocate for something 
when it would have been so much easier 
just to shut up and "go along." Advocacy 
frequently involves rocking the boat and 
risking that others will be made uncom- 
fortable. It means challenging the status 
quo so that, hopefully, a change for the 
better can be made. Advocacy is not easy, 
it usually requires a certain amount of 
tension be created, but if "justice" is the 
end result being an advocate can be satis- 
fying. 

In the past year a great deal of tension 
was created by national representation 
organizations (such as the NAACP) when 
they challenged the mainstream media's 
lack of inclusion of minorities in televi- 
sion programs, talent and managerial 
positions. At first networks made excuses, 
and finally they conceded that minority 
representation was dismal, and they 
promised to do what they could to 
improve their record. But if the issue had 
not been raised, I wonder how long the 
situation would have persisted un- 
noticed (at least by the network execu- 
tives). Even PBS's record of minority 
inclusion has been terrible with minority 
representation at only 10 percent on their 
flagship show NewsHour. 

1 have frequently bragged about how 
Public, Educational and Governmental 
access serves racial minority and second- 
language communities. Recently while 
ci ting a litany of ethnic and racial minori- 
ty programming on PEG access, a cable 
association president countered that they 
had just produced a program in Spanish 
and were web-streaming it. I was a bit 
taken back. Hadn't he heard what I said? 
Yes, we have Spanish language program- 
ming, but we also have Cantonese, 
Mandarin, Farsi, Greek, Portuguese, 
Somali, Tagalog, Ilmong, Arabic, 
Albanian, Serbian, Japanese, Hindi and 
rhe list goes on. This rich tapestry of cul- 



ture, race and language is possible 
because we open our doors to all and we 
believe that PEG programming exists to 
serve the community. 

But it is not enough to have program- 
ming that serves minority communities. 
We must facilitate minority involvement 
at all levels of the PEG community, from 
production staff to engineers to executive 
directors to cable commissioners. And we 
can't just wait for "them" to walk through 
"our" doors. We must go out into the 
community and activeiy engage minority 
involvement. As a coalition chair in Los 
Angeles, I was charged with the task of 
increasing minority involvement in the 
coalition. The truth is I was chairing a 
coalition of all white women. One of the 
complaints I heard from coalition mem- 
bers is that "they" never come to "our" 
meetings. 

When I asked whether or not "we" ever 
went to "their" meetings, 1 was met with 
dumb stares. So 1 made it my priority to 
reach out, attend and get involved in the 
organizations of minority women. Sure 
enough, attendance by various minority 
women's groups at our coalition events 
increased. All it took was effort and a 
handshake and the connection was 
made. And maybe that's how we all break 
down the walls that divide us, one hand- 
shake at a time. 

On the Alliance national board level, 
we have discussed how we can increase 
minority representation on the national 
and regional boards. Serena Mann, as the 
Equal Opportunity Chair, has been 
relentless in reminding us we need to do 
more. I have no doubt that Karen 
Chalmers, our new EO Chair, will do the 
same. It is important that we look at our- 



selves and figure out ways to increase 
minority involvement in our leadership 
components. If we drop the discussion 
and become complacent we will be just 
as remiss as the mainstream media. 

There are great rewards to be found 
when we seek to be inclusive. Talent, 
energy and new ideas result when we 
widen our circles of leadership, col- 
leagues and acquaintances. Certainly the 
media we create becomes more relevant 
to our communities. 1 believe PEG is 
ahead of the national media in terms of 
inclusiveness because it is community 
created. Minority populations can speak 
with their own voices and deliver their 
own messages without being filtered by 
someone else's lenses. Minority educa- 
tional concerns can be addressed and 
effective solutions can be implemented 
quickly. Government messages can be 
delivered in a multitude of languages so 
no minority population in any communi- 
ty is left disenfranchised (this was evi- 
denced by multi-language census mes- 
sages that took place throughout the 
country). 

As 1 travel the country and meet 
Alliance members and PEG activists in 
their communities, I see an effort to cre- 
ate a media that looks a lot more like 
America as it actually is. It is a media full 
of color and diversity, a media of many 
tongues and traditions. A media where 
differences are appreciated, respected 
and embraced. That is not to say that 
there aren't moments of tension in our 
community media, but at least we can 
say that we are making an effort to move 
toward justice. 



1999-2000 ALLIANCE BOARD OF DIRECTORS 



OFFICERS 



Rob Brading Chair, At Large 

Executive Director, 
Multnomah Community Television 
26000 SB Stark St., Grcsham, OR 97030 
Voice: 503.491.7036, x318 / Fax: 503.491.7417 
email: rbrading@mctv.org 

Ric Hayes Vice Chair, At Large 

Director of Cable Operations, 

Miami Valley Cable Council 

1195 E, Alex-Bell Road, Centerville, Oil 45459 

Voice: 937.438.8887x3025 / Fax: 937.438.8569 

email: rhayes@mvcc.net 

Karen Toering Secretary, At- Large 

Executive Director 

SCAN - Seattle Cable Access Network 
1125 N. 98th Street 
Seattle, WA 98 103 

Voice: 206.522.4758 / Fax: 206.528.8049 
email; scandir@home.com 

Kevin Reynolds Treasurer, At- Large 

5520 North Bloomfleld Rd. 
Canandaigua, NY 14424 
Voice: 716.394.3028 
email: reynolds@netacc.net 



REGIONAL CHAIRS 



Erik Mollberg Central States Chair, 

Chair of Chairs 

Access Fort Wayne 
900 Webster St., Ft. Wayne IN 46802 
Voice: 219.421.1248, / Fax: 219.422,9688 
email: crikm66345@aol.com 

GregVawter Southeast Chair 

Hillsborough County-H TV 
PO Box 1110, 28th Floor 
Tampa, FL 33601 

Voice: 813.276.2681 / Fax: 813.276.2691 
email: gvawterl@tampabay.rr.com 

Patricia Garlinghouse Southwest Chair, 
Information Services Chair 

Flouston MediaSource 

3900 Milam, Houston, TX 78767 

Voice: 713.524.7700, xl3 / Fax: 713.524.3823 

email: patg@houston-mediasource.org 

John A. Rocco Mid-Atlantic Chair 

DATV 

280 Leo St., Dayton, OH 45404 

Voice: 937.223.5311 / Fax: 937.223.2345 

email: 102546.526@compuserv.com 

Debra Rogers Conference Planning Chair 

Executive Director, 

Falmouth Community Television, FCTV13 

310 Dillingham Ave., 

Falmouth, MA 02540 

Voice: 508.457.0800 / Fax: 508.457.1604 

email: deb@fctv.org 

Ken Snider Northwest Chair 



Multnomah Community Television 
26000 SE Stark St. 
Gresham, OR 97030 

Voice: 503.491.7636, x325 / Fax: 503.491.7417 
email: ken@mctv.org 

David Hawksworth Midwest Chair 

Executive Director, 

Community Access Television of Salina 

410W.AshSt. 

Salina, KS 67401 

Voice: 785.823.2500 / Fax: 785.823.2599 
email: daveh@salnet.org 

Laurie Cirivello Western States Chair 

Executive Director, 

Santa Rosa Community Media Access Center 

1075 Mendocino Ave. 

Santa Rosa, CA 95402 

Voice: 707.569,8785 / Fax: 707.569.8786 

email: lcirivello@communitymedia.org 



AT-LARGE 



John Donovan 

35 Newell Rd., Auburndale, MA 02466 
Voice: 617.661.6900 xl23 / Fax: 617.661.6927 
email: jwd@wn.net 

Steve Fortriede 

Allen County Public Library 
I 900 Webster St. 

Fort Wayne, IN 46801-2270 

Voice: 219.421.1205 / Fax; 219.422.9688 

email: sfortricdc@acpl.lib.in. us 

Miki Lee Board Development Chair 

'Olelo: The Corporation 
for Community Television 
1122 Mapunapuna St. 
Honolulu, HI 96819 

Voice: 808.834.0007, xl31 / Fax: 808.836.2546 
email: mlee@oIelo.org 

Harry Haasch 

Community Television Network 

425 S.Main, Suite LI. 114 

Ann Arbor, MI 48104 

Voice: 734.994.1833 / Fax: 734.994.8731 

email: hhaasch@ci.ann-arbor.mi,us 



DISCRETIONARY APPOINTEES 



James Horwood Legal Affairs Appointee 

Attorney-at-Law, 

Spiegel & McDiarrnid 

1350 New York Ave, NW, Suite 1 100 

Washington, DC 20005-4798 

Voice: 202.879.4002 / Fax: 202.393.2866 

email: horwoodj@spiegelmcd.com 

Serena Mann Equal Opportunity Chair 

General Manager 

Flagship Channel and Television Services 

0121 Tawes Fine Aits Bldg. 

University of Maryland 

College Park, MD 20742 

Voice: 301.405.3610 / Fax: 301.405.0496 

email: smann@deans.umd.edu 



Frank Clark 

City Hall 

801 Plum St., Room 28 

Cincinnati, OH 45202 

Voice: 513.352.5307 / Fax: 513.352.5347 

email: frank.clark@cincable.rcc.org 



'Talk Amongst Yourselves...' 



Information, resources, networking 
and national office announcements 
are at your fingertips day or night. The 
Alliance hosts two Hstserys to help you: 

Those interested in community media 
(Alliance membership not required), 
should send notice to subscribe to 
government@alliancecm.org 
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Useful Contacts 



Alliance for Community Media 
666 11th St. NW, Suite 740 
Washington, DC 20001-4542 
Telephone 202.393.2650 voice 

202.393.2653 fax. 
Email: acm@alliancecm.org 
www.alliancecm.org 

Federal Communications Commission 

The Portals 
445 12th St. SW 
Washington, DC 20024 
202.418.0200 voice 
202.418.2812 fax 
www.fcc.gov 

Your Federal Legislators 

The Honorable Sen. 

United States Senate 
Washington, DC 20515 

The Honorable Rep. 

United Slates House of Representatives 
Washington, DC 20510 

on the web through 
http:/ /clerkweb.house.gov 

or call 202.224.3121 



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From the Alliance Chair 



Free Speech Wasted on the Press 



/ don't have any illusions thatAl Gore 
or George W. Bush will saunter through 
the doors of your (or my) center any time 
soon, but many of our community media 
centers provide more political speech and 
do more to strengthen and build demo- 
cracy in a week than commercial stations 
do in an entire election season. 




by Rob Brading 

Local television is one of the predomi- 
nant sources of information for the 
American public. With presidential elec- 
tions upon us, we can begin to evaluate 
how well our local stations are doing in 
campaign coverage. Recent studies say not 
very well. Some major markets average six 
seconds of coverage an evening. That's 
barely enough time for a sound bite, much 
less a thoughtful report. 

That's not to say [hat political talk 
doesn't make the air waves that we, the 
public, own. During the first four months 
of this year, over $100 million was spent in 
75 major U.S. markets on over 150,000 
political advertisements. You can only 
wonder in awe what those numbers will 
look like come November 7. 

In response to the overall decline of 
political conversation on our airwaves, a 
presidential commission recommended 
that local stations devote five minutes each 
night to "candidate-centered discourse" 
starting 30 days before an election. Given 
the exigencies of commercial media, one 
can hardly hope that it would be five min- 
utes for each candidate for national or 
statewide office. If those guidelines were 
followed [which they're not), at Five min- 
utes a night, we've got a whopping total of 
two hours and thirty minutes of non-com- 
mercial political discourse. Divide that by 
the number of candidates running for 
Congress or national or statewide office in 
a small state like Oregon and you've got a 
little bit more than 15 minutes for each 
office. Commercial networks have little 
interest in changing the system. Most of 



the political speech heard today is paid for. 
It doesn't take a network executive to figure 
out that the networks profit from all those 
advertisements and that their financial 
motivation is to maintain the status quo. 
Why would you give someone free air time 
when they're paying you thousands of dol- 
lars for it? If that weren't enough, commer- 

| cial news has decided that what bleeds, is 
cute or somehow heart wrenching, is more 
profitable than political coverage. Oh sure, 
cable news networks claim they provide 
hours of political coverage, but, if you can 
hear past the screaming and interruptions 
(my siblings and I would have been told to 
go to our room if we'd acted like the politi- 
cal pundits on talk shows), you soon realize 
that their award-winning coverage should 

| have gotten prizes for the insipid, the 
inane, the banal and the just-not-very- 
bright 

1 don't have any illusions that Al Gore 
or George W. Bush will saunter through the 
do ors of your (or my) center any time soon, 
but many of our community media centers 



provide more political speech and do more 
to strengthen and build democracy in a 
week than commercial stations do in an 
entire election season. 

Although they trumpet their own First 
Amendment rights, commercial media are 
usually the first to say that the public can't 
be trusted with diose same rights and to 
defend their turf against any intrusion. 
Local affiliates are often the first folks to 
step into the fray on the side of "editorial 
standards" when a controversial program 
hits a community media center. Their actu- 
al interest is not in building democracy or 
protecting the genius of the First 
Amendment, but in defending their ability 
to make money. As the vice-mayor of 
Tucson, Steve Leal, said at July's Alliance 
Conference, free speech is wasted on the 
press. 

Rob Brading is chairman of the Alliance 
for Community Media and executive director 
of Multnomah Community Television in 
Gresham, Oregon, email rbrading@mctv.org, 
telephone 503.491 . 7636 x31 8. 



Upcoming Conferences 



The Northwest Regional Conference will be held 

April 26-28, 2001 in Portland, OR. Thursday, April 26 will be 

a legislative "Day at the Capital." For more information, 

contact Rosa Leonardi at 503.588.2288 or by email at 

cctv@open.org. 



The 25th Anniversary Alliance for Community Media 
International Conference and Trade Show will be held in 
Washington, DC July 1 1-14, 2001 at the Renaissance Hotel. A 
Friday night party will include a three hour cruise tour on the 
Potomac River aboard the Spirit ofWashington. For more 
information, contact the national office at 202.393.2650, or 
visit the Alliance website at www.alliancecm.org 




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The Diversity of Community Media 

ommunity media, at its core, is about every person and every idea. Commercial 
media misses the rich and important messages of millions of Americans who 
are not shown on the evening news or on sitcoms or dramas, even though they 
make up increasing portions of the population. Public, Educational and 
Government (PEG) access is the venue through which forgotten voices can share their 
valuable insights and stories. Mass media presents the faces of a part of America. 
Community media proudly shines a spotlight on every different face so that we all can 
achieve a better understanding of each other. 

This issue of Community Media Review is a celebration of the people who aren't 
often seen in commercial media outlets. The diversity of community media is reflected in 
the wide cross section of minority producers, access center staff and board members who 
are profiled here. You will meet people from across the country who tell their stories bril- 
liantly on community access. Latino, Asian, African and Native Americans talk about their 
heritage and culture, and by doing so help strengthen the foundations of their communi- 
ties. These stories aren't heard anywhere else and their value and lessons would be lost to 
us all without community media. 

The message of these profiles is that everyone has an important story to tell. 
Commercial media may be lacking in its coverage of these storytellers, but their vision 
and their passion are vital to our communities and should be embraced and showcased. 
They use access to help their communities grow, inform people about their history and 
reach out to groups who otherwise would be left behind. They use their talents to foster 
learning and provide their neighbors with enriching views into worlds they might never 
have known. They bond with their own communities and share that relationship through 
community media. 

These are stories of diversity, culture and strength. This is the world of community 
media — a world that welcomes everyone. 

— Matthew Bennett 

Matthew Bennett is the Senior Associate for Communications and Government Relations 
at the Alliance national office in Washington, DC. He is responsible for coordinating the Alliance's 
advocacy efforts and public relations. Bennett is a recent graduate of American University 
and is currently pursuing his Master's degree in political science. He can be reached 
at 202.393.2650 or at government@alliancecm.org 

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NEW YORK CITY, NY 



FELIX LEO CAMPOS 

, producer. Activist. Supporter of free speech. 
., . All these words fit, but "Nuyorrican" is the word used by- 
Felix Leo Campos to describe himself as a New York City-born 
Latino of Puerto Rican heritage. He started in PEG access in 
1987. His program, ACES, promotes and publicizes the talents 
and resources of the Latino, bilingual, and ethnic communties of 
New York City. The acronym represents Arts, Culture, Entrepre- 
neurs/Education, and Services. Since the pilot program, Felix has 
produced over 520 programs, with the show now on a bi-weekly 
schedule. Neither cable, commercial or PBS television program- 
ming has duplicated this accomplishment. In 1989, Felix formed 
an ad hoc group of producers, 1CPA, to address the producer 
community's needs. During this time, the franchise agreement 
was coming to an end and there was fear of PEG access being left 
out of the new agreement, terminating its invaluable service to 
the Spanish-speaking ethnic communities. With the help of Felix 
and his group, Manhattan Neighborhood Network is still a 
dynamic public access facility. 

Subsequent producers' action led to the following ideas and 
suggestions implemented at MNN: autonomous organization 
free from both the cable franchise and municipality, access to 
equipment and facilities, training in video/TV production, and 
the creation of a grant for which producers can apply to defer 
their production expenses. Another provision led to representa- 



tion of the produc- 
ers' community on 
the board of direc- 
tors. In 1993, Felix 
was recruited on to 
the board as a pro- 
ducer representa- ' 
tive. His term 
expired in June, 
2000. Felix also 
currently serves 
as presidente of 
Image/lmagen 
de NuevaYork, a 
local chapter of 
the national 

organization, National Image. "Image" is 
a non-profit organization addressing the needs for personal 
and professional development of the Latino community 
nationwide, in the arenas of education, employment, and 
civil rights. Recently, Feiix and Image hosted a panel of rep- 
resentatives from seven Latino Internet companies, which 
educated, informed, and entertained an over-booked room 
on the topic of "Hispanics/Latinos & the Information Age." 



NEW YORK CITY, NY 



HYE-JUNG PARK 



C'/fy e-Jung Park came 
- t of age as a social 
activist in the turbulent 
era of the pro-democracy 
movement of the early 
1980s in South Korea. She 
witnessed first hand what 
the mainstream media 
were reporting and what 
was really happening on 
the streets of Seoul. And 
she helped smuggle clan- 
destine video tapes of the 
demonstrations and police action out of the country, so foreign 
media could learn the truth as well. 

"Korea was under military dictatorship," she recounts. 
"Videos were used to bring out the truth. People could see what 
was going on." It led her to the United States and media studies 
at Hunter College in New York, followed by an M.A. from the 
New School for Social Research. And though she's returned to 
Korea many times, New York City is home these days, where she 
recently moved from director of programs at the Downtown 
Community TV Center to project director for the fledgling Youth 
Channel at Manhattan Neighborhood Network. 




The Youth Channel is an initiative funded by the Soros 
Foundation's Open Society Institute and aims to empower 
youth in all facets of the channel, from production and pro- 
gramming to governance. It will become the first such channel 
in the United States when it officially launches next spring. "It is 
the channel for their voices," she says. 

Hye-Jung is active in numerous local, national and interna- 
tional cultural and media organizations, serving at one time or 
another on the boards ofVideazimut, National Alliance for 
Media Arts and Culture, National Coalition of Independent 
Public Broadcasting, Media Network, and the NYC-based North 
Star Fund, along with a number of ethnic cultural organiza- 
tions, such as the Rainbow Center and the Chinese Staff and 
Worker's Association Committee Against Anti-Asian Violence. 
She's driven by a personal mission to bring people and move- 
ments together. "I want to find a way how your issue is connect- 
ed to my issue and how we can work together," she explains. 
"Solidarity!" Media is her method. 

She's also a talented video producer and director, including 
among others her most recent, #7 Train from Main Street, a 
documentary on new immigrants to Queens/Reel, New York, 
and The Women Outside, a PBS P.O. V. documentary on the U.S. 
military and Korean women. She also has curated a number of 
art and media exhibitions and taught as adjunct faculty at area 
colleges and universities. 

— Tim Goodwin 



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LOWELL, MA 



CAMBODIAN ACCESS TV 

/ immunity media is often not about a single person. Many 
O times, groups of people come together to spread a message 
of inclusion. In Lowell, Massachusetts, the Cambodian commu- 
nity has taken to access television with a passion. In the early 
1980s, a large number of Cambodian refugees immigrated to 
Lowell. Now, the city is home to the second largest Cambodian 
population in the United States, numbering some 27,000 people. 
This community does not take freedom of speech lightly. Their 
experiences with repression in Cambodia have led them to 
appreciate the ability to speak on television more than any other 
group in the city. 

Currently, there are 14 hours of original Cambodian program- 
ming on the Lowell Telecommunications Corporation (IXC) pub- 
lic access channel each week. The shows include religious shows 
representing Catholic, Protestant and Buddhist points of view, 
news programs that incorporate local, national and Southeast 
Asian news gleaned from the Internet and wire services, cultural 
shows and entertainment programs. One producer has used all 
the LTC production resources to create a newsletter, television 
show, radio show and audio stream content on his website. All of 
these programs are in the Cambodian language, Khmer, since 
many of the older refugees have not mastered English. 

The program producers recognize that for many 
Cambodians, cable access is the only way they hear about the 
world and feel connected to the community. Producing shows 




Chath pierSath, producer of 
Cambodia Media Network. 



gives them celebrity status 
in Lowell. Viewership is 
high among the 
Cambodian population 
and if a show does not air 
as expected, the access 
station hears about it 
immediately. 
When speaking to the 
Cambodian producers 
about the value of com- 
munity media, comments 
center on its role in pro- 
moting self-respect and 
pride in their rich heritage. 
Public access allows them 
to preserve their culture by 
bringing traditional cus- 
toms such as music and 



dance to life and it helps the refugees to raise Cambodian- 
American children who can succeed in mainstream society and 
accept traditional Cambodian values simultaneously. Also, many 
local organizations have used Public access to reach the 
Cambodian community with public service announcements in 
Khmer. 

The staff at LTC and the Cambodians have learned a great 
deal from each other and together have helped the community 
built a greater sense of understanding. 

— Wendy Blom 



BOSTON, MA 



CURTIS HENDERSON, JR. 

('Jf takes strong commitment, dedication and hard work to 
Ks make an access center run successfully. Curtis Henderson, 
Jr., general manager of Boston Neighborhood Network, exem- 
plifies such dedication and has brought success to BNN-TV 

Under Henderson's leadership, BNN-TV was awarded 
$160,000 in foundation grants for construction of a new 
Multimedia Center, scheduled to open this fall. The center will 
provide Boston residents with access to communications tech- 
nology, multimedia classes and job training to help youth, 
adults and seniors gain skills to enter the IT/Multimedia field. 
Accompanying this expansion, BNN-TV Channels 3 and 23 are 
getting a new visual identity and the center is undertaking new 
projects such as website development and membership drives, 
Symbolically, the new BNN-TV mobile production van has been 
on a goodwill tour to tell Boston residents of the improvements 
at the access center. 

This is the result of hard work by Curtis, a former BNN-TV 
studio manager and access director, who has been general 
manager since 1997. He has been associated with BNN-TV 
since 1983 when he first entered the studio production work- 
shop. The outcome of this venture was a City Beat series that 
featured local musicians and gave Curtis and opportunity to 
showcase his original music. Curtis was actually first intro- 
duced to film and audio visual training while serving in the 



Army in Vietnam. 

One of his most mem- 
orable experiences as a 
BNN-TV producer was a 
journey with local 
activists to Choctaw 
County, Alabama, where 
African American voters 
had been intimidated by 
the FBI. His documen- 
tary Alabama Summer 
tells the story of these 
rural black residents. 

After his longtime 
commitment to com- 
munity television, the 
Alliance for Community 
Media recognized Curtis in 1994 with The Jewell Ryan- 
White Award for Cultural Diversity. The award recognized his 
dedication, leadership and commitment to "ensuring popula- 
tion diversity in the field of community media." 

Curtis is forging ahead with restructuring plans to make the 
year 2000 a memorable one for BNN-TV 



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SOMMERVILLE, MA 



TEDROS AFEWORKI 

/jlften, world events have great impact on people in our own 

communities. Somerville Community Access Television 
member Tedros Afeworki has utilized Public access to inform his 
community about the turbulent events in his home country and 
also to explore its rich cultural heritage. Tedros is from the East 
African nation Eritrea, which has been engaged in a violent bor- 
der struggle with neighboring Ethopia. In 1993, a 32-year-long 
armed resistance arrived at a victorious close with 99.8 percent 
of Eritrean voters choosing independence from Ethiopia. A year- 
later, Tedros immigrated to Somerville, Massachusetts. While 
attending Somerville High School, he participated in an after- 
school video program taught by Mirror Project Director and for- 
mer SCAT staff member, Roberto Areevalo. Tedros developed his 
technical knowledge involving the use of video equipment as 
well as the aspirations to put diem to use, and began to formu- 
late an idea for a show that would be about his country and its 
victory for freedom. 

Since joining SCAT in 1998, Tedros has devoted his energies 
to producing the weekly series Eritrean TV, which currently airs 
on Saturdays at 9:00 p.m. Eritrean IV combines lively segments 
of Eritrean music videos, performances about the fight for inde- 
pendence and freedom, traditional song and dance, and current 
news updates horn Eritrea. Often, Tedros will transform the stu- 
dio at SCAT into a makeshift Eritrean news station, videotaping 




reports from members of Somervillc's Eritrean Community 
Center. Occasionally, Tedros travels with a SCAT portable cam- 
era to other cities. He took a special trip to Washington, DC to 
interview the President of Eritrea during the head of state's 
recent trip to the United States. Eritrean TV's viewing audience 
and popularity are growing as Tedros continues to produce new 
episodes and bicycle dubs to other public access stations in the 
Boston area. Tedros' goal is to reach a general audience beyond 
the Eritrean community and educate them about the culture, 
customs, and language of Eritrea, a nation still Fighting for its 
freedom. 

— Diane Machado, SCAT 



HOWARD COUNTY, MD 



HARRY EVANS, III 

, ■ '/ ery few people ever see their ideas come to fruition on tele- 
/ vision. Harry Evans, 111 is living proof that if you can dream 
it, you can do it. His cable access show, That Show With Those 

Black Guys, is now in its 
fifth year of production. 
That Show has gone from 
being a local favorite of 
Howard County, Maryland 
to a national program, 
j "Look, if I told you 
1 there was a talk show' with 
a black host in cities like 
New York, Los Angeles, 
Atlanta, and Houston 
you'd probably think 1 
was talking about Oprah 
Winfrey," says host 
Evans. "I'm in 23 mar- 
kets across the country." 
That Show was born 
on the lakefront in Columbia, 
Maryland with the help of fraternity brothers and friends. "We've 
come a long way from those early days," confides Evans. Today, 
Evans' own deck serves as his personal studio. It may not be a 
Hollywood sound stage, but his various guests literally line-up to 




be interviewed. 

The best way to describe what Evans does is "guerrilla televi- 
sion," a reference to his tenacity in making the show with little 
or no money. On one show, he has a musician, a news director, 
and police officer. As a point, Evans only interviews black men 
of interest and intellect. Evans believes that mainstream televi- 
sion doesn't recognize these kind of people. "I just got sick and 
tried of waiting for someone to put on a show that reflected the 
world in which I live." 

Evans estimates he reaches 20 million people via cable 
access. Some of those who have recognized Evans include the 
Atlanta Journal and Constitution, the Washington Post mid the 
Los Angeles Times. The best description of the show comes from 
Newsweek, "a roundtable discussion, Tom Snyder goes black." 
Evans' guests have included Kweisi Mfume, CEO of the NAACP, 
Mayors Mark Morial of New Orleans and Kurt Schmoke of 
Baltimore, and singer Howard Hewitt. He asks typical questions 
like, "How did you get to where you are? What's your inspira- 
tion?" but it's the atypical question that draws in viewers. "Who 
was your worst boss? Do you pay taxes? Do you pay child sup- 
port?" His guests answer rhese questions with ease and without 
hesitation. 

"I love doing this because no one can say I didn't try." This 
year, he was named the best interviewer on Baltimore Cable 
Access. He's also had the opportunity to promote cable access, 
having been invited twice by the National Association of Black 
Journalists to conduct workshops on creating and maintaining a 
cable access show. 



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LARGO, MD 




SOL HAMILTON, III 

ol Hamilton, III wanted to tell a story about his trip to Africa, 
t./ So he borrowed a camcorder to chronicle the events of his 
trip. Unfortunately, the camcorder did not provide quality video 
of the trip and Sol felt the story of the land and the people could 
not be told effectively with the poor tape. So Sol decided to learn 



the various techniques of recording at Community Television in 
Prince George's County, Maryland so he could get the video he 
wanted the next time, 

Sol first went to CTV in 1997 and participated in their train- 
ing program. Since then, he has crewed for many productions at 
the access center and has become one of die most active volun- 
teers at the station. CTV Executive Director Sherry Byrne says of 
Sol, "It is such a pleasure to have such wonderful people like Sol 
doing so much for our organization and our community." 

Recently, Sol began producing a new show at CTV entitled 
Kindred, a roundtable program that consists of five African 
American women discussing different books. The inspiration for 
this show came from Sol's work at CTV The station needed 
someone to cover book signings at local library and Sol and 
another volunteer, Rudy Darden, agreed to do it. It was at one of 
these book signings that Sol met Beverly and Denise, who told 
Sol in an interview of their book club and passion for discussing 
literature. Sol discussed the possibility of transforming the club 
into a show on Public access and they agreed. Hence, Kindred, 
the name of the book club and the natural name for the new 
show, was created. 

Sol has committed himself to continue to work for CTV and 
his efforts are rewarding for himself, the access center and the 
community as a whole. 



WASHINGTON, DC 



KOJO NNAMDI 

C /--Of Nnamdi has served on the board of the Public Access 
kJ\ Corporation of DC since 1993. He was elected chair in 1997. 
A working and widely respecied journalist in Washington, 
Nnamdi hosts successful programs devoted to in-depth treat- 
ment of public affairs on two university- affiliated PBS stations 
and public access in the District of Columbia {Evening Exchange 
on Howard University's WHUT and Public Interest on National 
Public Radio). "I came to public access," he says, "as a way of 
returning to the dream 1 had when I first stated working in 
media." He sees public access as a viable "democratic alterna- 
tive" with a different mission than commercial or tax supported 
television. Tn public access there are opportunities for everyone 
to participate. Only in public access are folks able to shape the 
community programs they and their neighbors view (or hear). 

Public access is critical for minority groups. Before public 
access there was no access for them, and their voices were not 
heard. "Ownership determines whose views will be presented 
and discussed in the media," Nnamdi observes. He points out 
that minorities got into the ownership game too late— when the 
game was over. Huge conglomerates own most of the media 
nowadays. In metropolitan Washington, for example, there is 
only one owner-operated broadcasting station, Conglomerate 
media gives scant attention to the needs of particular communi- 
ties or minorities. 

Since there is no ownership in public access, minority com- 
munities have unparalleled opportunities to express their voices. 
"Being seen and heard, by ourselves and others," Nnamdi says, 
"makes sure we are part of the whole picture. That's how we par- 



ticipate. That's how we 
keep from being margin- 
alized. That's how we 
alert others to make 
room for us at the 
table." 

"The interests of 
minorities arc always 
best served by democ- 
racy," says Nnamdi, 
but minorities have 
not readily seen pub- 
lic access as a tool of 
democracy. 

Minorities were 
kept out of the media 
for too long to 
understand the 
importance of pub- 
lic access when it came 
along. This has been especially true in very poor communi- 
ties. Learning the value of public access as a democratic tool is a 
three-step process for mosl minority groups, according to 
Nnamdi. First, they see what is necessary to direct a flow of 
information into their own communities. Later, they recognize 
how any minority perspective (cultural, ethnic, sexual, economic, 
etc.] can remain "unknown to the rest of us," as Nnamdi puts is, 
without public access. Finally, they grasp how being part of the 
community's conversation invites respect and full participation 
in society. At this step in the process, Nnamdi concludes, "public 
access is the turnkey to a vibrant democracy." 




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HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY, FL 



CORNELIA WASHINGTON 

^-■tfvernment access at Hillsborough County- HTV televises pub- 
'. - lie meetings and events for the Hillsborough County Board of 
County Commissioners. Among all these government activities, 
HTV22 viewers also find presentations and discussions about 
issues that matter to the people of Hillsborough County. Cornelia 
Washington is an intricate part of this production and her work 
ensures that the citizens know what is happening with their local 
government. 

Cornelia began television work for Hillsborough County in 
1988 as an intern through the Career Connection Minority Intern 
Program and became a producer/director three years later. Today, 
as technology keeps developing, Cornelia's knowledge and exper- 
tise keeps pace, and her faith helps her handle the pressure of 
producing a constant stream of quality programing. 

"From week to week, I'm always doing something different," 
she says. Cornelia has contributed to countless projects, but she 
has several favorites from her tenure at HTV including: the 1989 
Healthy Baby ContestXo promote healthy diets during pregnancy; 
Black Heritage Celebrations, produced annually to highlight the 
accomplishments and legacy of African-Americans; Men II Boys, 
focusing on African-American men working with boys in trouble; 
Early Care, Education and You, about the importance of research- 
ing your child's daycare facility; Aging Services Overview, high- 
lighting six different programs for elderly residents; a 1999 
domestic violence PSA campaign that highlighted local nonprofit 
and government programs dealing with spousal abuse; and 
Election Talk, educating voters monthly about the election 
process and election related issues. 

She now produces the new HTV series Legacy, with host Joyce 
Russell, the county's African-American liaison. The series high- 
lights the diversity of cultures in Hillsborough County. 

Cornelia is active in government and represented African - 
Americans on the Employee Communications Council in 1993 
and 1994. She also works in the community, including serving 
from 1993 to 1995 on the board of directors for die nonprofit Lee 
Davis Neighborhood Development Corporation. Her participa- 
tion in the Development Corporation gave her a closer look at 
needs of African-Americans locally and led to her producing pro- 
grams on those needs. 

Cornelia's outstanding work has been honored with four 
Southern Sunshine awards from the Alliance's Southeast Region. 



MIDLAND, Ml 



WEN CHENG 

("/ / <*n Cheng came to the United States from China via 
rV Hong Kong and Taiwan in 1959 to study chemistry in 
graduate school and pursue a doctorate degree. He settled in 
Midland, Michigan and worked at a chemical company from 
1968 until retiring in 1995. It was at this point that Wen was 
introduced to the world of community media. 

Shortly after retirement, Wen was asked to join the Cultural 
Awareness Committee for the Midland Area Community 
Foundation, to inform the community on ethnic and cultural 
differences around the world and expand understanding of 
diversity. In mid- 1997, Wen and the committee thought they 
could reach more people if they could make a special program 
at the local public access cable television station, Midland 
Community TV — MCTV. Wen approached the station manag- 
er, who said the center didn't produce programs for groups, 
but went on to explain that if Wen and his committee wanted 
to have a show, they should sign up as volunteers, be trained, 
and do the show themselves. This was the beginning ofWen's 
commitment to Public access. 

The one time "special" program developed into a regular 
monthly series called Cultural Awareness, which debuted in 
February 1998. It is a half hour program shown twice weekly 
and there is a new topic each month. The countries and peo- 
ples profiled on the show include Czechoslovakia, Greece, 
India, Japan, Kenya, Tonga, Turkey, China, and more. The 
Bonn ie Scotland program, aired in 1999, received the Alliance 
for Community Media's Central States Region's Philo T. 
Farnsworth award in the minority/ ethnic category. 

Wen has become a regular at MCTV, helping out with other 
shows and giving his time to the new friends he has made. He 
likens the work of the staff and volunteers to one big, happy 
family. Of the people at MCTV, Wen says "They allow us to 
make mistakes, but we have not yet made the same mistake 
twice — knock on wood!". Wen sums up his work at MCTV with 
this, "We do worthwhile things for fun." 




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DAYTON, OH 



PATRICK HUGHES 

.Tic main reason I became involved with DATV (Dayton 
Access Television) was because I opened my mouth and 
made a suggestion," says Patrick Hughes, DATV volunteer/pro- 
ducer. 

Hughes recounts the story, "I am a member of the Dayton 
International Festival, which includes the World A' Fair. This festi- 
val is made up of 32 ethnic organizations within the Dayton area. 
At one of our meetings we were brainstorming ideas as to how we 
could increase our membership. I made the suggestion that we go 
to DATV and learn how to begin broadcasting our events on their 
channels. The other members thought this was a good idea and 
asked that I look into it. So, I became a member of DATV in 
November, 1997." 

Hughes, 50, works approximately 12 hours per week as a vol- 
unteer in DATV's Master Control. "1 went through the basic field 
production workshops, the studio workshop, and any other work- 
shop that was offered. I learned how to use the SuperCam, JVCs, 
and became proficient in all phases of television production in 
order to become a producer/ director." 

By becoming a producer /director, he was qualified to use the 
studio and produce his own show. Within months of becoming a 
member at DATV and because he is a member of the Miami 
Valley African Organization in Dayton, Hughes had a monthly 
show called Africa. Outlook. 

This is an issue oriented show where current events happen- 
ing on the African continent are discussed. It focuses on African 
immigrants who have recently arrived in America. The host is 
Willie Komoro from Liberia and with him are two panelists, Bitrus 



Gwamna from Nigeria and Ed Peagler from the United States. 
Sometimes, such as the August show, there are guests like Dr. 
Flora O. Igah, President of the Nigerian Women Cultural 
Organization. 

Hughes' efforts have also produced a true access success 
story. At Winchester Speedway, ESPN recorded the weekly races. 
Hughes, Dale Grow and Terry Chunn went to the Speedway, 
recorded a race, and when race officials saw what Hughes and his 

crew produced, told 
ESPN they wanted 
the public access 
producers to cover 
the event. The rea- 
son for the success, 
in Hughes' words, 
"Why, because we 
did a better job than 
the 'professionals.'" 
Hughes believes 
accessibility to the 
media is easier 
through public 
access. His goal is to 
become a major 
television producer. To achieve that goal, he says, will take hard 
work, discipline and perseverance. To expand his expertise as a 
producer, he volunteers for as many things as he possibly can. He 
won the Volunteer Flours Award in 1998 and the Roxie L. Cole 
Award of Exceilence in 1998. 

Hughes, reflecting on his work at DATV, said, "1 have found 
my niche here." 

— Pat lessee 




FORT WAYNE, IN 



MICHAEL BYNUM 

* '£oh Wayne, Indiana has been home to Michael Bynum his 
entire life. Growing up in the '50s and '60s, he saw what Fort 
Wayne used to be — an all-Amcrican city. It was a good place to 
raise a family and people like Michael could do what uiey wanted 
to do. Michael wanted to make good television. Michael got inter- 
ested in public access television mainly because his kids were 
very small and he wanted to have quality home movies of them. 

He purchased a video camera in 1984 and wanted to make 
videos that were more interesting for himself and others to look 
at. Even growing up, Michael had an interest in television. He and 
his friends would make TV sets out of old furniture cartons. When 
Michael learned about the opportunities to be a part of "real TV", 
his interests heightened. Other people noticed Michael's obses- 
sion with video media and his desire to always provide entertain- 
ing as well as professional looking documented events. People 
wanted him to record things for diem. He found people wanting 
him to be an outlet to vent their frustrations/enthusiasm for 
truth, Michael says this interaction, via community media, 
changes the stereotype of untouchable media personnel to the 
average, approachable person. 

Michael supports access television because he believes it 





honestly provides a chance to 
express innermost thoughts 
and feelings in a constructive, 
positive way. There are many 
different points of view, per- 
spectives that otherwise 
would not be realized by non- 
minority people, "Being a 
minority," Michael says, 
"means having to look at the 
broader picture of life and 
how it relates to your per- 
sonal development with 
non-minorities. Access tele- 
vision, for minorities, opens ; 
up other avenues of com- ^iy^SWHI?! 
munication for a reality 
check of the perception of minorities by the 
greater community at large." 

Every minority group has events and situations that they 
would like others to experience in a positive and informative 
way. Non-minority individuals can realize the importance of cer- 
tain issues and situations regarding minority cultural/ethnic 
background through a medium such as public access. Michael's 
firm belief is that "Access community TV provides a way for your 
own personal interpretation and story to be told." 



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BUILDING A BETTER ALTERNATIVE 



CHICAGO, IL 



By U.S. Rep. Danny K. Davis 

f . rotests organized last 
year by Che NAACP, the 
^-^L/National Council of La 
Raza and other groups once 
again brought into the national 
spotiight TV's persistent misrep- 
resentation and under-represen- 
tation of minorities. The net- 
works responded by adding a few- 
minority characters to their pro- 
gram lineups, but the situation 
has remained essentially 
unchanged. The struggle to hold networks accountable must continue. But 
we must also work to build alternatives. 

This is an opportunity for the Public access movement to come into its 
own. As more people recognize the networks' failure to represent the diver- 
sity of America on both sides of the camera, public access can seize the 
moment as it continues to develop into one of this country's most vital cul- 
tural resources. For years, my office has worked closely with Chicago 
Access Network Television (CAN TV), the public access station serving the 
city of Chicago. I host frequent town hall meetings in my congressional dis- 
trict, which stretches west from the Loop, through Chicago's Westside and 
into the Western Suburbs and south along the State Street corridor. 

CAN TV has carried several of these forums, on police brutality, voter 
fraud, and other challenges facing the district. CAN TV raises pubiic aware- 
ness of important issues by making these discussions available to 
Chicagoans who did not attend in person or who would like to revisit the 
topic. This kind of television treats the public as members of a community 
rather than just potential consumers of sponsors' products. I have been a 
regular guest on CAN TV's weekly call-in program Political Forum. 

Community residents tell me diat they feel this has helped me to better 
serve the district, by reaching out to constituents whom I may not have 
had the chance to meet in person. My office participated in a PSA cam- 
paign on CAN TV to promote participation in the U.S. Census. This promo- 
tional work helped to alleviate the undercount, especially in economically 
impacted communities. In 1990, the undercount cost Chicago and some of 
our suburbs millions of federal dollars in aid to schools and social services. 

These are just a few examples of how public access can, and does, fulfill 
television's potential for democratic discourse and community building, 
Through public access, people can create dynamic, constructive, substantial 
television programming, a real alternative to much of what the commercial 
media giants offer. One neighborhood, one city at a time, we truly can 
change the world. In this time of opportunity, the Alliance for Community 
Media stands at the forefront of organizing the national and international 
movement to build a true alternative — television by and for the people. 

Danny K. Davis was chosen by the people of the 7th Congressiona l District of 
Illinois as their Representative in Congress on November 5, 1996. He was reelected 
on November 3, 1998 with 93 percent of the vote. In the 106th Congress Davis sits 
on the Committee on Government Reform, and Oversight and its subcommittees 
on the Postal Service and Census. He is a member of the Small Business 
Committee and serves as tlie ranking member of the Subcommittee on 
Government Programs and Oversight. Davis is a member of the Black Caucus, the 
Progressive Caucus, the India Caucus, the Steel Caucus and the Hellenic Caucus. 
Before serving in Congress Davis was a member of the Cook County Board of 
Commissioners for six years. Previously, he served for 11 years as a member of the 
Chicago City Council Prior to seeking public office Davis worked as an educator, 
community organizer, health planner/administrator and civil rights advocate. 




U.S. Rep. Danny K. Davis (right) appears 
on CAN TV's Political Forum with CAN TV 
board member Michael Thomas. 



AZAKA AJANAKU 

x.tku Ajanaku and his wife Eileen Bellabe were 
t / I. full of ideas when they went out to dinner one 
night in the early 1990s. Ajanaku had spent a year 
helping out on La Difference, the first Haitian pro- 
gram on Chicago Access Network Television (CAN 
TV). Now he was ready to start a program of his own. 

"We wanted to call it something that reflects our 
lives as an interracial couple," Ajanaku says. "But I 
also wanted something that reflects my culture, as a 
speaker of French and Creole." The show, which 
they named Unity in Diversity — C'est la Vie, pro- 
motes cultural sensitivity, racial understanding, and 
community empowerment within the Haitian com- 
munity. 

"When mainstream media go to Haiti, they go to 
the poorest neighborhood, they talk about the mis- 
ery and poverty," Ajanaku says. "It's true there is 
poverty, but people never see the good side. I tell 
them about the other side, the dance, the way peo- 
ple worship, eat, talk, sometimes the politics." 

The Chicago area's 35,000 Haitian residents are 
more isolated from their homeland than their coun- 
trymen on the East Coast are. Unity in Diversity 
helps to keep Chicago Haitians connected with their 
heritage, at the same time that it gives people out- 
side the community a taste of Haitian culture. 

The program works to bridge other cultural gaps 
as well, like those between social classes, or 
between the French- and Creole-speaking older 
generation and the English-speaking younger gen- 
eration of Chicago Haitians. 

Ajanaku has been a fervent proponent of Public 
access, recruiting several other producers from the 
Haitian community to develop their own series, and 
even enlisting the support of the Haitian consulate. 

"1 don't have a plan for the show," Ajanaku says. 
"1 try to be sensitive to trends in the community 
and adapt the show along these lines. The vision is 
unfolding every week." 

— Ed M. Koziarski 




Azaka Ajanaku (left) with CAN TV production services 
coordinator Eugene Townsend. 



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OSHKOSH. Wl 



VUE THAO 

ing the community aware of the Hmong culture 
'/:/As what led Vue Thao to the doors of Oshkosh 
Community Access Television (OCAT) in 1994. 

Vue started out as a volunteer and began producing 
his own program about a year later. Oshkosh has a very 
large Hmong community, so when he suggested a show 
that catered to this group, OCAT executive director Jon 
Urben was very excited. 

Today, Thao, 37, serves as the producer of Hmong 
Oshkosh Community News, a weekly show that high- 
lights events and news of Oshkosh's Hmong popula- 
tion. "Producing the show was my dream," said Thao. 
"In Laos, the government produces all of the shows, 
so this was a rare opportunity to produce a show that 
promoted my people, culture and heritage." 

While the show focuses on community events 
and traditional Hmong activities, Thao's real life 
story of coming to the United States is worthy of its 
own television show. 

He was just 16 when he and his family were 
forced to leave their village of Vietiame, Laos and live in the 
jungle in order to escape execution by the Communist Pathet 
Lao regime. Eventually, Thao said goodbye to his family and set 




out with 200 other refugees on a 
1 perilous journey to Thailand, then 
considered a safe haven. 

After nearly a month of fighting 
soldiers, dehydration and hunger, 
Thao's group, now reduced to seven, 
reached the Mekong River and their 
final hurdle to freedom. Sadly, Thao 
was the only one to reach the other 
side. He then spend eight months in 
refugee camps before receiving 
approval to come to the United States. 

After 13 years in Providence, Rhode 
Island, Thao moved to Oshkosh where 
a cousin lived. He was working as an 
electronics technician when he first 
arrived at OCAT, but now works as a 
technician /engineer for an area televi- 
sion station. 

Thao continues to promote the tradi- 
tional ways of the Hmong culture 
through his program and hopes to see the 
series grow. "I get a lot of enjoyment from 
doing this show. Maybe someday I can 
even go back to Laos and do it." 

— Jon Urben 



TUCSON, AZ 



LUIS HERNANDEZ 

/jiblic access television was the last thing on Luis Hernandez's 
mind. His son, Rocky, had been pulled over by the GITEM 
(Gang Intelligence Team Enforcement Agency of the Department 
of Public Safety) for cruising in a lowrider with several of his 
young Chicano friends. After Rocky's incident, Luis soon came to 
realize that just being a Chicano kid cruising in the company of 
other Chicano kids was perceived as "criminal" activity. 

The complex issue of police/youth relations in Chicano com- 
munities was not something that Luis was very familiar with 
before his son's encounter with the GITEM unit. I lis generation 
came from very different experiences. As a Mexican -American 
born in Texas and a veteran of the Vietnam War, Luis was familiar 
with other struggles. His family had just been concerned with sur- 
vival as they worked in the fields for a living. While times were 
hard, Luis never lost sight of making life better for himself and his 
family. He was the first in his family to go to college, earning a BA 
in Administration from California Poly Technical University, an 
MBA in Business Administration from the University of Southern 
California and a Ph.D. in Education from Arizona State University. 
However, all of the education and character Dr. Hernandez gar- 
nered over the years did not prepare him for the shock of having 
to explain to the GITEM unit that his son was simply out with 
friends and tiot engaging in illegal activity. How could he explain 
the difference to them? They had the cameras and the reports say- 
ing otherwise. 

In a partnership with his son Rocky, Luis was determined to at 



least educate his community on this difference. While Luis only 
took a few electh/es in college on television production, he under- 
stood the power of that medium. Together, they visited the local 
public access television station, Access Tucson. They became 
members and soon they completed the necessary production 
classes to produce Riding Low AZ Style. Weekly, this program 
highlights car club charity activities, car shows and cultural and 
political activities relating to Mexican-American human rights. 

This father and son project has just completed its fourth year 
of production. Luis admits that through the production of Riding 
Low AZ Style, he has become more enlightened. Many of the 
things he learned were based on generational differences as 
opposed to cultural differences. So, after four successful years of 
focusing his work on Chicano youth issues, Luis decided to take 
on another challenge — educating the adult community on more 
complex Chicano issues. Hence the beginning of his new project 
entitled Pueblo TV— The Sound of My People. "I'm looking at mak- 
ing this a more is sue -oriented kind of show," says Luis on his new 
project. "I also want to reach a more mature crowd. I want more 
politicians on this program. I want more people to see that we are 
like everybody else. I want youth to see what happens when you 
get your act together." On his experiences with public access, Luis 
sums up with the following, "Because of my degrees in business I 
understand the power of marketing. TV is the premiere marketing 
tool. You can hand out flyers, do radio, but there is nothing like 
TV to get your message out. People call me all the time to say they 
watch the shows — even a trucker staying in a Tucson hotel called 
me to say he loved it! Access Tucson is the easiest and best way to 
get your message to the people!" 

— Miguel Ortega 



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DAVIS, CA 



MARCIA BARAHONA 

a woman and a minority, I have been able to use DCTV as 
t_y * a forum for exploring issues of race and ethnicity, self-iden- 
tity and rape," says Marcia Barahona. Currently a member of 
Davis Community Television's board of directors, Barahona cred- 
its her cultural background with her involvement in community 
media. In 1993, DCTV staff recruited Barahona, then a volunteer 
at UC Davis' student-run radio station, to host a magazine seg- 
ment on La Raza Cultural Days. "They wanted someone familiar 
with the culture and the event to host the show/' she says. With a 
Spanish-language radio show, articles published in numerous 
student and community newspapers, and work in community 
theater, Barahona was a natural in front of the camera. Barahona 
stayed involved, participating in the Davis Video Project in 1995. 

"My videos exposed my personal take on what being a Latina 
woman is and how my mixed Latin American background has 
shaped who I am," Barahona says. "Although I have participated 
in projects in which ethnicity isn't the main focus, just by being 
Latina I have exposed others to my culture and identity," she 
says. "My cultural background has directly or indirectly permeat- 
ed my work in media and helped highlight what can be accom- 
plished through the unbiased world of community television." 




"Community media 
opens doors for people 
of all walks of life, lets 
us explore issues going 
on in the community, 
and exposes viewers 
to issues they may not 
be familiar with," she 
adds. "1 would like to 
think that my work at 
DCTV has helped the 
community better 
understand some of 
the issues and con- 
cerns that women 
and Latinos deal 
with." 

In addition to her work with DCTV Barahona is currently a 
full-time student and will graduate with a bachelor's degree in 
Spanish Literature and Communications from LJC Davis in June 
of 2001. In her "spare" time, she sings at Bay Area Latin 
American restaurants on the weekends. 

— Autumn Labbe-Renault 




MARTINEZ, CA 



DENISE AUGUST-HARRISON 

|enise August-Harrison, a 33-year-old African American woman, wears the 
^>i/many different hats that arc necessary to operate a successful community 
media center. As a production assistant for Contra Costa Television (CCTV), Contra 
Costa County's government access station located in Martinez, California, Denise 
is an example of the dedicated staffer that most access centers rely upon. 

She started her career at Mount Diablo Television (Mt.D, TV) in Pleasant Hill, 
California. Mt.D. TV is a television broadcasting school where students learn how 
to become character generator (CG) operators, floor directors, technical directors, 
field operatives, camera operators, audio technicians and eventually directors. Mt. 
D. TV aired live from CCTV, which led Denise to develop a relationship with CCTV. 

Denise started working for CCTV as a student worker with various duties too 
numerous to count. Now, as the production assistant, she produces a National 
Telly Award-winning live, call-in talk show called Mental Health Perspectives, Her 
production duties include camera operator, technical director, video tape operator, 
floor director, phone operator, set construction, teleprompler operator, field tap- 
ing, editor, graphics, logging, equipment inventory, tape distribution and producer. 

Beyond the show, she writes press releases and participates in the marketing of 
CCTV programs. In the daily operation of the station, Denise runs from scheduling 
and research to training employees, interns, and contractors for the station. 

Having control over the production of her own show is a great joy for Denise. 
She has been producing Mental Health Perspectives for over a year and it is now 
enjoying it's second season. The show began when the Contra Costa County 1 Iealth 
Service Department and Mental Health Division expressed the need for a series 
that focused on mental illnesses, wellness, disabilities, and recovery. Contra Costa 
County crisis center calls have tripled since the first show aired. Denise takes great 
pride in urese accomplishments. "It is ail absolute thrill to see the effects of your 
hardwork on the community." 



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SAN PABLO, CA 



NIEVES SAMPAYO 

ieVes Sampayo's over- 
ty }' riding goal is to help 
students succeed. A refugee 
from Cuba, she helped start 
one of the first bilingual 
education programs in 
America while living in 
Florida during the 1960s. 
Her odyssey eventually 
brought her to Contra Costa 
College in San Pablo, 
California, where she even- 
tually became a manager of 
special programs. 

Reluctantly pushed by a 
dean to start producing 
videos, she has come to love 
it and has succeeded admirably. Her first programs were about 
gender equity, or how to get women more interested in those 
careers in which they have been historically under-represented. 
From there she branched out to a host of other issues that were 
of great interest to the local community, which consists primari- 
ly of people of African, Asian, and Hispanic heritage. 

Her passion is leveling the educational playing field for peo- 




ple who find schooiing difficult because of language or other 
barriers. In San Pablo, there are a large number of immigrants 
from Latin America, and her video programs have been espe- 
cially helpful to them. Programs have covered such topics as 
the college admission process, financial aid, educational sup- 
port sendees, summer jobs, mentoring, the process of becom- 
ing a citizen, and ways for immigrants to become more 
empowered in their community. Most video programs have 
been live with viewer call-ins. The programs are made more 
interesting by the use of edited packages, and there are occa- 
sional special touches such as incorporating two-way video 
conferencing. 

To Nieves, television is a perfect technology to use with 
minority groups. She says, "Most homes have a television set, 
most families watch television at some point together, so we 
don't affect only the life of our students, but of the whole fami- 
ly... Television is so visual that even if the people watching it do 
not get all the words, they can still get concepts by what we 
show visually," 

Nieves puts as much effort into developing an audience as 
she does in producing programs. She helps set up assemblies 
in local high schools and special viewing sites at community 
centers. She is always pushing the college to move into new 
areas, both technologically and humanistically, so that there 
will be far fewer people falling through the educational cracks. 

— Barry Benioffand Nick Dunn 



PETALUMA, CA 



HELDER RODRIQUEZ 

( " /think we have a mission in this world and that mission is to 
./help each other," says Helder Rodriquez, Petaluma 
Community Access (PCA) Progamming Director. Rodriquez, 25, 
is living his dream of helping create community through media. 

A native of poverty-ridden and war-torn El Salvador, Helder 
currently lives quietly with his parents in Petaluma, California. 
This is unlike his former life in San Salvador (capital of El 
Salvador), where countless relatives shared a house. He and his 
parents left El Salvador in 1990 to escape war. Fielder has been 
an exceptionally responsible person since early in his life. At age 
nine, he decided to take Tae Kwon Do classes, turning away from 
the rough ways of his peers, who often became involved in drugs 
and violence. Even at this young age, he understood that working 
hard and becoming very good at something was a way to save 
himself from trouble of many kinds — and today he passes this 
knowledge along to teenagers by encouraging them to become 
technicians and producers of public access television. Two teens 
have worked regularly with Helder for the last two years to pro- 
duce his shows on PCA, and others are involved frequently. 
Helder feels that the teens he involved in his shows use their 
time in a more productive way than they would without these 
projects. They now try to get other people involved, looking for 
friends to join them. "I bring in minority people and get them 
involved, which would be hard for them otherwise," he says. 



The Puenters (Bridges) 
Program interviews peo- 
ple who help in the com- 
munity and Reflexion, a 
program taped at St. 
Vincent's church during 
mass, are two ongoing 
examples of Helder's 
work, and he is 
involved with other 
aspects of PCA as well 
He frequently gets 
thank you letters for 
doing programming 
in Spanish. According 
to Helder, "PCA is the 
only reliable news in 
Spanish in 

Petaluma." When asked what his dream show might 
be, Helder responds "Working with George Lucas to produce 
something like a Spanish speaking Star Wars where the there are 
Latino superheros." A favorite project is a short Tae Kwon do 
program — a 10 minute show on the Doyang (the Korean word for 
school) which Helder runs in Petaluma. 

Helder is busy building a new PCA "family". "I always wanted 
to get involved because community access has done a lot of 
good in this community." 



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OLYMPIA, WA 




SUE BEN CHARLES 

sue and Ben Charles do not seek die spotlight. They are quiel 
. ' advocates for their causes, among which are community 
inclusiveness, equal treatment for all, and democratic communi- 
cation. They have combined their talent for story telling through 
media with their passion for their heritage and culture to create 
outstanding programs that have enlightened and embraced their 
entire community. 

Sue and Ben are Native American media producers. Ben is a 
member of the Lower Blwha Klallam tribe and Sue has cultural 
roots in the Blackfoot tribe. They were recently honored by the 
Alliance for Community Media as the recipients of the Jewell 
Ryan- White Award for Cultural Diversity. The award recognizes 
their efforts to bring diversity to community media in order to 



enhance cultural understanding. 

Native Media, the nonprofit production and education group 
created by Ben and Sue, educates others about native issues, 
communities and concerns. Using community media, they bring 
stories of the Northwest native people to life. Their award-win- 
ning series, Northwest Native Culture, has featured Native 
American veterans, showcased native artists, helped native youth 
explore their heritage, and shared native drumming and songs. 
They have taken their cameras on canoe trips on the Puget 
Sound and into tribal gatherings. While Sue directs the programs, 
Ben is often seen in front of the camera as the host. 

The Charles family also advocates for the rights of the dis- 
abled. They are also closely involved with the disabled commu- 
nity and have produced several programs that have been a cre- 
ative outlet for groups of developmentally and physically chal- 
lenged adults. 

Sue and Ben involve themselves in all aspects of community 
media. They have been active members at Thurston Community 
Television in Olympia, Washington for the past nine years. Their 
participation goes beyond producing programs. Sue has been a 
member representative on the TCTV Board of Directors for five 
years, and Ben served on the policy review committee. 

When presented with the Jewell Ryan-White award, Sue 
expressed frustration with a broadcast news crew's treatment of 
tribal elders that she had witnessed. "You don't have to be rude 
or disrespectful to capture moments with your camera," she told 
the audience. "Treat your subjects with respect and the story will 
unfold." This is the method she and Ben have used to archive 
wonderful stories about their tribe and the community... respect 
for the integrity of their subject combined with an unshakable 
belief in the need for community media. 

— Deb Vinsel 



HONOLULU, HI 



LURLINE MCGREGOR 

Urline McGregor, a native Hawaiian and president and CEO of 

'Olelo Community Television, was born and raised in Hawaii, 
the descendant of a longtime kamaaina (local] family. She's 
worked in Washington, DC on the staffs of both Representative 
Cecil Heftel and Senator Daniel Inouye, most notably research- 
ing and drafting legislation benefitting native Hawaiians. 

In Hawaii, she was executive director of Pacific Islanders in 
Communication, a group that encouraged the indigenous peo- 
ples of the Pacific to tell their own stories through video and film. 
Her exemplary work there earned her national recognition: two 
documentaries produced under her aegis won the coveted CINE 
Eagle award and another two-hour documentary, Storytellers of 
the Pacific, won several national and international awards. The 
three programs were subsequently aired nationally on PBS. 

McGregor's accomplishments since she took the helm of 
'Olelo Community Television three years ago are equally impres- 
sive. She expanded the access center's reach into the Oahu com- 
munity by establishing two rural satellite studios, one in Kaliuku 
and one in Waianae. She created a partnership with the local PBS 
station, KHET, whereby 'Olelo can televise PBS programming. 
She revamped the channel make up of 'Olelo and started NATV, a 




channel dedicated to native 
Hawaiian, other indigenous 
peoples and cultural issues. 

McGregor will be the 
first to tell you that all her 
efforts to improve 'Olelo 
are secondary to the real 
task at hand, and that is to 
encourage local program- 
ming. "After all," she says, 
"the purpose of public 
access is free speech. 
'Olelo is an incredible 
media resource for the 
community and our 
main job is to make cer 
tain that people take 
advantage of what's 
available." 

McGregor is presently working on a one-hour documentary 
about this year's journey of the voyaging canoe Hokuie'a from 
Hawaii to Tahiti and Rapa Nui. McGregor and an 'Olelo camera- 
man accompanied the canoe for a portion of its trip. McGregor's 
dedication to both community media and her heritage can be 
seen through all aspects of her work. 



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CHICAGO, IL 



AUDREY AVILA 

e 10 young women interviewed in [he video Thoughts on 



Diversity have a lot in common. They're all in their teens, 
they're very conscious of the damage caused by prejudice, and 
they share some hope that society is getting better at dealing 
with difference. 

The girls represent a variety of ethnic mixes. They come from 
different neighborhoods, and they go to different schools. They 
describe wide discrepancies in the levels of diversity and toler- 
ance in the own homes and communities. 

Using training and equipment from CAN TV, Audrey Avila, 18, 
asked each of the young women to reflect on society's attitudes 
and their own toward race, ethnicity sexuality, religion and dis- 
ability. 

Avila compiled the interviews into the 48-minute program 
Thoughts on Diversity, which has been nationally recognized 
with a Gold Award from the Girl Scouts of America. 

"Diversity is something I'm always interested in asking peo- 
ple about, partly because my mom and dad are in an ethnically 
mixed marriage," Avila says. "People have made remarks to me 
that reflected prejudice or ignorance, often because they don't 
know my ethnic background, which by appearance could repre- 
sent several different ethnic groups." 

One girl spoke of being racially harassed at a convenience 
store. Another told about being turned away from her high 
school prom when she brought her girlfriend as her date. The 
girls expressed varying ideas about the causes and solutions for 
prejudice. Some showed frustration with the prejudice they saw 
in their schools, their communities, their own families, or in the 
media. 

"My project allowed the girls I interviewed to have a voice," 
Audrey says. "They learned that they are not the only ones who 
suffer from feelings of not being accepted. Hopefully people who 
see the tape will have their eyes opened about the problems we 
deal with in today's society." 

— Ed M, Koziarski 



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TUCSON 2000 A WARM MEMORY 



Conference a Testament to Hard Work and Cooperation 




Alliance national board members with keynote speaker Frank Pierson, center. 



- he Alliance It n 

Community Media's 
national conferences 
are the result of a great deal 
of hard work by the national 
board, the national staff and 
the local planning commit- 
tee. The Alliance 
International Conference 
and Trade Show, Tucson 
2000, was a testament to 
how that hard work and 
cooperation pays off. 

Held attheWestin La 
Paloma Resort at the base of 
the Catalina Mountains in 
Tucson Arizona, the confer- 
ence opened with a performance by a local high school mari- 
achi band and a welcome by Tucson City Council member, 
Steve Leal. Over the next three days 55 workshops and training 
sessions were held with subjects ranging from re-franchising 
to media literacy to serving diverse communities. This year, a 
special "Kids' Media Camp" was held with 14 participants 
ranging from age eight to 14. Also this year, the Trade Show 
was expanded to include 40 equipment and services vendors 
and non-profits. 

Some of the highlights of the conference were the awards 
luncheon (see story page 24), the trade show reception, the 
Friday Night Monsoon Madness Pool Party and a keynote 
address by Academy Award -winning screenwriter and director 
Frank Pierson. Mr. Pierson shared his experience of over 40 
years working in Hollywood and how much creative indepen- 
dence has been sacrificed to media convergence and studio 
consolidation. 

The Hometown Video Awards ceremony was held in a 
beautifully restored historic theatre in downtown Tucson, the 



\ Temple of Music and Art. 
The production of the 
Hometown Awards was 
accented by a fabulous the- 
atrical set, a terrific job of 
emceing by Ian Lesher and 
the direction of lim Thomas. 

At the close of the confer- 
ence, attendees gathered to 
experience a "drumming 
ceremony," where drum- 
mers representing African 
American, Korean, Cuban 
and Puerto Rican, Native 
American and Native 
Hawaiian and elder women 
communities performed for 
over an hour. The individual performances culminated in all of 
the drummers performing simultaneously bringing the confer- 
ence attendees to their , , 
feet to clap and dance. 

Access Tucson, Sam J 
Behrend and the local 
planning committee, 
provided a hospitality 
reflecting the open- 
ness, warmth and 
multi-cultural beauty j 
of the Southwest 
desert. Tucson 2000 
will long be fondly 
remembered by 
Alliance conference 
attendees. 





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A COMMITMENT TO COMMUNITY MEDIA 



Alliance Honors Leaders at 2000 Conference in Tucson 



lie Alliance for Community Media National 
Conference is an opportunity for media 
K^/ practitioners to come together and honor 
outstanding peers who have contributed greatly to 
the development of community media. At the July 
conference in Tucson, the Alliance held a luncheon, 
sponsored by The Recovery Network, to acknowl- 
edge the year 2000 recipients of the Alliance awards: 
the Jewell Ryan White Award for Cultural Diversity, 
the Sue Buske Leadership Award, and die George 
Stoney Award for Humanistic Communications. 

Deborah Vinsel, of Thurston Community 
Television (TCTV) in Olympia, Washington, present- 
ed the Jewell Ryan- White Award for Cultural 
Diversity to Ben and Sue Charles, producers and 
board members for TCTV Vinsel stated that the 
efforts of the Charles at TCTV had led to a greater 
understanding of tribal issues and had helped bridge 
gaps in understanding through the telling of stories. 
Ben Charles expressed his gratitude for the award, 
and stated that his wife Sue was the producer, 
describing himself as a "gofer." Sue Charles stated 
that she valued community media as it allowed her 
to capture significant moments and historical 
events without being disrespectful to the subjects, 
the tribal people of the northwest. She thanked her husband and 
their daughter Stephanie, and concluded "If we hold hands and 
work together, we have the strength to accomplish anything." 

Alliance Board Chair Rob Brading presented the Sue Buske 
Leadership Award to Alan Bushong, former Alliance Board Chair 
and Director of Capital Community Television in Salem, Oregon. 
Brading spoke of the leadership Bushong has shown for commu- 
nity media over the past 22 years in both Salem, Oregon and 
Austin, Texas. Bushong served 12 years on the Alliance national 
board, and three years each as national board Treasurer, Public 
Policy Committee Chair, and national board Chair. Bushong 
thanked the Alliance for the Award and stated that it was his priv- 
ilege to work with the best people that he knew, at the best job, 
for the best cause. He thanked many current and past leaders in 
community media, and specifically thanked his daughter Erica. 
He spoke about the need to develop future leadership and his joy 
in meeting people at the conference who were new to the field of 
community media, but whom he felt would provide great contri- 
butions. 

Tim Goodwin, managing editor of Comm unity Media Review, 
introduced Dirk Koning, the recipient of the George Stoney 
Award for Humanistic Communications. Goodwin recounted a 
friendship and association with Koning for over 20 years, which 




The 2000 Alliance award winners, I to r, Dirk Koning (George Stoney Award for 
Humanistic Communications), Alliance chairperson Rob Brading, Sue and Ben Charles 
(Jewell Ryan-White Award for Cultural Diversity) in front of Alliance Executive Director 
Bunnie Riedel, and Alan Bushong (Sue Buske Leadership Award). 



included the founding of the Grand Rapids Community Media 
Center (GRCMCJ of which Koning is executive director. Among 
Koning's accomplishments include his almost 20 years as execu- 
tive director of the GRCMC, service as Central States Regional 
Chair and as a member of the national board, and being a past 
recipient of the Roxie Cole Award and the Sue Buske Leadership 
Award. Koning stated that receiving the Stoney Award was the 
greatest tribute he could have in his career. He introduced his 
family in the audience and provided a series of "What if." ques- 
tions regarding the future of community media (see page 27 of 
this issue). 

These recipients are excellent examples of the people that 
commit themselves to the field of community media. Honoring 
the contributions of these individuals provides inspiration for 
others in the field, as well as for future leaders, and demonstrates 
the potential of community media to provide a unique service 
for the development of communities and the expression of cul- 
tural and individual expression. The Alliance will choose three 
more winners for next year's awards. Nominations will be accept- 
ed in the spring, so consider who should be honored with one of 
these special awards. 

- Jenn ifer A. Krebs 



Jewell Ryan-While Award [or Cultural Diversity — Ben and Sue Charles 

Sue Buske Leadership Award — Alan Bushong 
George Stoney Award for Humanistic Communications — Dirk Koning 



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by Deborah Vinsel 

Program Planning Chair, Tucson 2000 

u< mm] 2000 is now a very pleasant 
/ memory. We had a great conference 
and trade show, a wonderful setting 
and lots of fun. All the planning worked. 
Planning the program for a national con- 
ference is not a job for one person. 
Designing all the workshops, recruiting 
speakers, and filling in all the little gaps 
that pop up takes a dedicated team of peo- 
ple. We had a great program planning team 
for Tucson 2000, and I greatly appreciate 
all of their time and effort to make the con- 
ference a success. 

We started working on the Tucson con- 
ference almost as soon as the Cincinnati 
conference ended. First, the Conference 
Planning Committee of the Alliance Board 
reviewed comments from previous confer- 
ences to determine the broad topics we 
needed to cover. These became the confer- 
ence tracks. We wanted a blend of new top- 
ics and old favorites. We also wanted to 
give our vendors the chance to participate. 

Next, we designed the conference 
schedule — how many workshops, when 
could they be scheduled, what special 
meetings need to be included, and how can 
we make everything fit into three days? We 




WORKSHOPS 
DEFINE THE 
CONF ERENCE 

Planning the 
Programming Is 
a Team Sport 

wanted there to be enough leisure time in 
the schedule for folks to enjoy our setting 
and/or visit the trade show. We also had to 
take into consideration the logistics of 
moving people to offsite venues for work- 
shops or events. It's a puzzle that has 
many solutions. Finding the right one for 
the conference took some trial and error. 
In the end, we settled on two sessions for 
Thursday and Friday with one on 
Saturday. Tt was a pretty good fit. 

To spread the workload, track coordi- 
nators were assigned to each track. The 
track coordinators were responsible for 
helping recruit speakers and design work- 
shops to fill in any gaps. T couldn't have 
done this job without the effort of these 
people. A really BIG thank you to the 
Tucson 2000 Track Coordinators: Dave 
Vogel; Pat Garlinghouse; jesikah marta 
ross; Eric Zipf; Randy Van Dalsen; Ron 
Cooper; Ric Hayes; Alan Bushong; Carl 
Kucharski; Laurie Cirivelio; and Karen 
Toering. 

Time for the fun (read "challenging") 
part — designing workshops. The program 
planning team was responsible for coordi- 
nating 55 workshops for the Tucson con- 
ference. We issued a "Call for Workshops" 
to the Alliance membership asking them 
to design workshops and recruit die 
speakers for it. We tried a couple of differ- 



ent things this year. We asked that the 
number of presenters for workshops be 
limited, where possible, to no more than 
two people. We also asked for the work- 
shop style to be as interactive and 
dynamic as possible. We had a great 
response with some very creative and 
informative workshops offered to go 
along with the tried and true perennial 
favorites. Thanks also to all of the mem- 
bers who designed and presented work- 
shops. Special thanks to Lisa Horner, Dirk 
Koning, Elliott Margolies, and Sam Beh- 
rend for their help recruiting speakers. 

Workshops are only part of the story. 
The numerous other events and activities 




scheduled during the conference were 
coordinated by either the local planning 
committee, or the board of directors. The 
Hometown Ceremony, keynote lunches, 
opening and closing ceremonies, pool 
parry and conference logistics were all 
handled by different people and commit- 
tees. Like I said, planning a national con- 
ference is a team sport. We had a winning 
team for Tucson 2000. 

We're gearing up for the 2001 confer- 
ence in Washington D.C. Information 
about the planning process and how you 
can help will be posted on the Alliance 
listserv in the next couple of months. 

Deborah Vinsel is executive director at 
Thurston Community Television in Olympia, 
WA. She can be contacted at dvinsel@tctv.net. 



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the 2000 edition of the 

Community Media 
Resource Directory 

The most comprehensive listing of 
community media centers across the 
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Over 500 entries organized alphabeti- 
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From Management to the First Amendment 

he idea for the Access 101 Track emerged somewhere in the 
i Southwest Region when David Vogel (Knoxville, TN) and Pat 

;i Garlinghouse (Houston, TX) were challenged to go beyond the usual 
'Q & A Format,' thus: Bring all your questions... we'll answer them all! More 
specific, attendees wanted enough time available at workshops where they 
could bring their ideas, brainstorm with the group, cogitate individually 
and return to their centers with ready-to-go applications. If that's not con- 
fusing enough, mix ideas and discussion from around the country, exhaust 
all possibilities yet reach consensus on a final product.. .such an order! 

Old and new to access alike formed discussion groups, pow-wows and 
solutions about how to run PEG Access! Many attendees were able to devel- 
op programming policy, for example, share with the group and return at a 
later session with policy for commercial programming or scheduling con- 
troversial programming. The audience was the focal point of discussion 
from which many solutions arose. 

The topics of discussion ran the gamut from PEG management, cable 
law and the First Amendment, to operating models and policies, personnel 
issues, 'difficult people' and marketing your goods. Those who stayed for 
die entire five-session track returned home with an armload of access 
goodies. Dave and Pat have been building on this format for several years 
and will give it another twist in Austin, Texas at the South West Regional 
Conference in October. 

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George Stoney Award for Humanistic Communications 

"WHAT IF?" KONING ASKS CONFEREES 

"What if we could clone George Stoney's wit and wisdom to call on when needed. 



Dirk Koning, executive director of the Commu- 
nity Media Center in Grand Rapids, Michigan, 
received the George Stoney Award for Humanistic 
Communications at the 2000 Alliance Conference. 
The following is his address to conferees. 

his is the greatest honor in my profes- 
sional career.. .determined by my 
peers. ..in a field with such determined 
and intelligent leaders.. .special thanks to Tim 
Goodwin, my mentor and friend for 20 years 
...what a luxury to have Tim available for con- 
cepts and applications and feedback... thank you 
Tim. 

Abo I want to thank my family who is with 
me today for sharing me with this 
movement... my daughter Kelly, son Shaun and 
wife Ginger... special thanks. 

And what an honor to have George (Stoney) 
here. I just want to share one George story..,! call 
this the Stoney Factor. Last year at the Alliance 
conference in Ohio, George got on an elevator I 
was on at the f 1th floor. He said, "Dirk, I need 
you to do something for me," 1 said sure George, 
what's up. He said, "There is a Brazilian delega- 
tion in the lobby that asked me to speak at a 
national organizing conference for community 
television but I'm preparing to go to Ireland and 
1 think it would be better if you could go." I said sure and he 
stepped off at the fourth floor. 

Between last year's conference and this one 1 have been to 
Brazil four times helping with the development of community 
media. Thank you George. 

I was asked to talk of the future, but before that 1 would like to 
suggest we celebrate the past. As you heard we are planning to 
publish a double CMR edition next year celebrating the 25th 
anniversary of the Alliance for Community Media and we need all 
your stories and photos and input. 

Also plans are progressing for the National Archives of 
Community Media for video tape preservation so save your tapes. 

I would like to suggest we play a game here called, "What If?". 
You are going to have to listen carefully since some of these are 
complicated. For example, What If the Hometown Awards 
Ceremony was less than two hours? 

What if every access program ever made was on a video server 
on the world wide web, indexed by title and producer and keyword 
searchable.. ..what if? 

What if the President of the U.S. was a former access producer 
and she and her Education Secretary instituted media literacy into 
the K-12 curriculum.. .what if? 

What if the United Nations amended the Human Rights 
Charter to ad access to information as a fundamental human 
right... 




What you do — operating 
social service centers improving 
the quality of life via media — is 
more important now than ever. 
Your task is enormous. Your 
rewards are few. Your success is 
critical for democracy and sur- 
vival of our species. 



What if technology simplified quantum 
physics to the point that we all realized we are 
identical on the atomic level and we quit fight- 
ing over degrees of skin pigmentation.. ..what if? 

What if the world's languages could be stored 
in databases allowing computers to do simulta- 
neous translations. 

What if the other 80 percent of the world's 
population wants more than the 20 percent of 
the world's resources that they now 
receive.. .what if? 

What if we could lay fat fiber optic cables 
into draught stricken areas and feed informa- 
tion as light waves to fuse hydrogen and oxygen 
to create water... what if? 

What if our cities promoted success by 
announcing their household connectivity ratio 
and average bandwidth capacity available per 
citizen.. .what if? 

What if indigenous peoples could use GPS 
units to map their lands to stop rogue develop- 
ers... 

What if Community Media received the 
money from a lottery to see who gets to peel 
Charleston Heston's cold dead fingers from his 
gun when he dies... 
What if libraries digitized part of their collec- 
tions freeing up 50 percent of their floor space to house Media 
Centers... 

What if everyone in the Alliance read Marshall McLuhan's '64 
classic, Understanding Media - the extensions of man... 

What if governments managed public airwaves so the pirates 
were the commercial users... 

What if our successors in this movement wore t-shirts that say, 
"Bit Stream Activist"... 

What if Ted Turner remembered being in cable before cable 
was cool and donated his next billion to Bunnie to "jump start" the 
national office... 

What if we followed cable's lead and donated two percent of 
our gross income to the national office to serve the movement... 

What if the Red Hot Chili Peppers band wrote a top 10 hit about 
the digital divide... 

What if we could clone George Stoney's wit and wisdom to call 
on when needed... 

What if? 

What you do— operating social service centers improving the 
quality of life via media— is more important now than ever. 

Your task is enormous. Your rewards are few. 

Your success is critical for democracy and survival of our 
species. 

Power to the People. 

Thank you very much. 



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Tucson, Arizona - July 12-15, 2000 




Conference photos courtesy 
Wendy Blom, Pat Gatiinghouse, 
Ric Hayes and Tim Goodwin 




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River City Sound Productions 
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